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When Dino Smiley watched James Harden stun the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, it brought back memories of South Central, Los Angeles, in the summertime. Smiley is the dir...(full article)

Somewhere, there is an NCAA employee troll under a bridge, finding a new way to extract a few more pennies into the NCAA coffer, likely at the expense of one of its “student-athl...(full article)

With Tom Herman off to Texas after going 22-4 in two seasons at Houston, the Cougars need a new head football coach. Whoever replaces Herman will have a big job on his hands: try t...(full article)

For a team with no real in-house alternatives, it made an amount of sense for the Texans to sign Brock Osweiler. In the prism of perfect hindsight, though, it was just the last des...(full article)

The Texans will not make the playoffs. Brock Osweiler will not get them there. Even winning the woeful AFC South will be too much of a chore for their quarterback and their inept o...(full article)

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